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Eleven House: Beams are up, Scotty!

We were beaming last week! Two engineered beams were installed in the studio side of Eleven House! Cats in the attic? I haven’t posted about Eleven House for some time – because nothing has happened. We stalled out after we went way over the demolition budget. Who knew that removing plaster and debris could be so expensive? Lesson learned – factor in high costs for preparation. When we opened the ceilings, we found a roof with some problems. In fact, someone had “fixed” a leak by placing a cat litter box…

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Eleven House: How to Make a DIY Debris Chute From Kitchen Drawers

The plaster removal process at Eleven House was a pretty big project! I blogged about it here, and as promised I want to show you how we constructed a debris chute from drawers. The drawers in the downstairs kitchen at Eleven House were destined for the dumpster – until Bill Spaid had a brilliant idea and sidelined them for this project. Bill removed one end of the drawers and notched the edges so all the drawers fit together (reducing the possibility of trash getting caught along the way.) He then fit them together…

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Eleven House: Out of the Dust! Old House Deconstruction

When you start to work on an old house, interesting things begin to happen. From the moment we repaired the locked front door and began using it as our entrance instead of the steep back stairway to the second floor, we could feel a change. It was as if Eleven House picked its head up and took a deep breath, and started living again. This past week, the local waste management company brought in a huge dumpster. I thought it might be a bit too big for our demolition. I now realize…

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Cash Crone: The Year of the Fixer-Upper, Plan of Phase 1

Winter has arrived in the northeast. Well, it has officially been here for some time, but we have been spared the below zero degree temperatures until now. The local schools are closed. That means I don’t have childcare in the morning and afternoon and can plan – and write to you, dear Cronies. I bought out my truck lease this week. After much thought, I felt I was making the best decision. The new loan is $40 less per month than the lease. I can turn that $40 toward the principal…

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